Last week saw the Year 9s go on the annual WWI battlefields trip to Ypres. Despite the early start, the girls were full of excitement for the day ahead. Having studied why WWI started and begun to look at life in the trenches in their History lessons, this was a fantastic opportunity to see the reality of the fighting and the scale of destruction.
During the day we visited a range of memorials and cemeteries finding out more about the individual men who served their country so bravely. The stop at Tyne Cot, where nearly 12000 British soldiers are buried, was a sombre moment for all, as was the visit to the grave of Valentine Strudwick, who was only 15 when he was killed. We returned to school tired but full of admiration and respect for the men who fought and died over one hundred years ago.
Miss Georgie Noble, Head of History